The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is an independent quasi-judicial administrative tribunal. The Board hears refugee protection claims and immigration and refugee appeals, holds admissibility hearings and conducts detention reviews.

As independent single decision-makers, the Immigration Appeal Division and the Refugee Appeal Division Members review extensive documents, conduct proceedings, including hearings and render decisions on immigration and refugee appeals.

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

    • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience;
    • Recent experience in the interpretation or application of legislation and regulations and in gathering and assessing complex information in order to prepare written decisions;
    • Computer skills, specifically in the use of word processing software;
    • Work experience as a decision-maker in an administrative tribunal would be considered an asset; and
    • Experience in applying the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in any of the Immigration and Refugee Board Divisions, or in the application of the United Nations Convention, relating to the Status of Refugees would be considered assets.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of the role and mandate of the Board;
    • Knowledge of the legal and administrative principles that guide the management of an independent administrative tribunal and its Members;
    • Knowledge of the principles of case management in an administrative tribunal;
    • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively (oral and written);
    • Information seeking and decision-making skills;
    • Judgement, conceptual and analytical thinking;
    • Self-control;
    • Organizational skills and time management; and
    • Being results orientated.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

    • High ethical standards and integrity
    • Impartiality
    • Sound judgment
    • Tact and discretion
    • Sensitivity to multicultural and gender issues

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

    • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.
  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.
    • If you are appointed as a full-time or part-time member, you may not accept or hold any office or employment or carry on any activity inconsistent with your duties and functions under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
    • If you are appointed as a full-time member, you must devote the whole of your time to the performance of your duties under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
    • You must reside in or be willing to relocate to Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance or we may request that you work from home as your primary work location.
    • You must be willing to travel across Canada.
  • If you are appointed as a full-time or part-time member, there will be a mandatory training of up to seven (7) consecutive weeks.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.
A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 21, 2019 via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application. Candidates must submit their curriculum vitae along with the completed application form. Incomplete applications (that is, applications received without both a curriculum vitae and a completed application form) will not be considered.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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